New Jersey Devils (27-28-12) @ NY Rangers (36-27-4)
7:00 PM ET • Madison Square Garden• MSG / MSG+ • Devils Hockey Network
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LAST GAME vs. ST. LOUIS BLUES
The Devils defeated the Blues, 4-2, in the second and final contest of the 2019-20 regular season series. New Jersey concludes the season series against St. Louis, 1-1-0 (2PTS), snapping the Blues eight-game win streak.
The club opens up their 14th of 16th set of back-to-back action, improving to 4-6-4 in first games this season.
New Jersey improves to 3-6-4 (1-2-4 home) against Central Division opponents this season. The Devils were 3-4 on the penalty kill (6-7 season series) and 0-2 (0-5 season series) on the power play. The Blues outshot the Devils 33-32 (72-49 St. Louis, season series). New Jersey was 28-63 (52%) in face-offs in the contest. The Devils are 1-3-1 at Prudential Center and 1-7-3 overall against the Blues since the 2015-16 season. New Jersey’s last victory against St. Louis was Jan. 21, 2014 @ Prudential Center.
Jesper Bratt opened the scoring, 8:38 into the first frame assisted by P.K. Subban. Bratt’s tuck marks his 100th NHL/NJD point (37-63-100).
Dakota Mermis notched his first career NHL/NJD goal, 6:50 into the second frame, assisted by Damon Severson and Cory Schneider. Schneider picks up his ninth career point, and first since Feb. 20, 2015 (1A).
Connor Carrick picked up his first goal of the 2019-20 season, marking the game winner assisted by Frederik Claesson and Travis Zajac. Carrick dents the net for the first time since Apr. 1, 2019. Claesson notches his first NJD point, while Zajac ties S. Stevens (337) for fifth place in Devils franchise history for assist *credit: Craig Seiden, NJD Radio.
Joey Anderson notched the empty-net goal assisted by Pavel Zacha and Mirco Mueller.
Cory Schneider got the start for his 11th of the season. Schneider stopped 31 of 33 shots faced, improving to 3-6-2 on the season.
TONIGHT’S GAME @ NY RANGERS
Today’s contest marks the fourth and final contest between New Jersey and NY Rangers in the 2019-20 regular season series. The Devils trail the Rangers in the regular season series 1-2-0 (2PTS) in the regular season series.
In the last matchup, the Devils fell to the Rangers, 6-3. Through three games, New York leads New Jersey 12-8 in scoring. New Jersey is 10-13 on the penalty kill and 1-17 on the power play in three games played. The Rangers tallied a season high against the Devils for most penalty minutes in one game on Nov. 30, with 34 PIM.
The Devils are outshooting the Rangers, 120-91 in three contests. The club looks to improve their 8-8-2 record (4-7-0 road) against Metropolitan Division rivals this season.
New Jersey concludes up their 14th of 16 sets of back-to-back play tonight. The club looks to improve their 6-6-1 record in second games. New Jersey opens up their 15th set of back-to-back action Mar. 14 @ FLA and Mar. 15 @ TB.
Travis Zajac (3A) leads New Jersey in points against the Rangers tallying three in three games played. Damon Severson (1G-1A), Kevin Rooney (1G), Miles Wood (1G), P.K. Subban (1G) and Nikita Gusev (1G-1A) lead the Devils in goals, notching one a piece. Kyle Palmieri (1A), Jack Hughes (1A) and Pavel Zacha (1A) have tallied helpers in the regular season series against NY Rangers. Subban tallied a season high for New Jersey in the Oct. 17 contest for shots on goal (9).
Mackenzie Blackwood has seen 154:34 minutes of action through three games played. Blackwood is 1-2-0, posting a 3.88 GAA, allowing 10 goals on 78 shots in the season series. Blackwood looks to improve his 7-4-2 record against Metropolitan Division opponents this season. Cory Schneider is 6-8-3 against the Rangers, allowing three goals on 44 shots against (.914) in 18 games played.
Tony DeAngelo (4G-2A) leads the Rangers in points against the Devils this season. DeAngelo notched the most points against New Jersey in a single game when the Blue Shirt notched three goals and two assists for five points on Jan. 9 @ Madison Square Garden. Jesper Fast (3G) has tallied three goals in three games played against New Jersey, while Mika Zibanejad (1G-3A) and Ryan Strome (3A) lead their club in assists.
Alexandar Georgiev started the first two contests against the Devils. Georgiev stopped 66 of 70 shots (.943), posting a 2.05 GAA through two contests. Igor Shesterkin got the start in the last contest against New Jersey, allowing three goals on 49 shots against.
The Devils are 2-6-1 at Madison Square Garden and 9-8-2 overall against the Rangers since the 2015-16 season.
Will Butcher (Out) – 8 games missed; Upper-body injury sustained Feb. 18
Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 122
MACKENZIE BLACKWOOD NAMED EPHESUS/AHL GRADUATE OF THE MONTH
The American Hockey League announced that Mackenzie Blackwood of the New Jersey Devils has been selected as the Ephesus/AHL Graduate of the Month for February.
Blackwood was 6-0-1 in seven starts during February, posting a 1.27 goals-against average, a .967 save percentage and two shutouts for New Jersey.
A second-round choice by New Jersey in the 2015 NHL Draft, Blackwood played 88 games in the American Hockey League over his first three pro seasons and was an AHL All-Star with the Binghamton Devils in 2018-19. The 23-year-old native of Thunder Bay, Ont., has appeared in 44 games for New Jersey this season and leads all NHL rookie goaltenders in victories, posting a record of 21-12-8 with a 2.71 GAA, a .916 save percentage and three shutouts.
2nd ANNUAL KYLE PALMIERI MILITARY BALL
New Jersey Devils right wing, Kyle Palmieri, will be hosting his Second Annual Military Ball benefitting the Kyle Palmieri Foundation, February 22 at the Venetian in Garfield, NJ.
The Kyle Palmieri Foundation, founded by New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri, gives back to those who put their lives on the line to preserve American freedom. Kyle has strong ties with the military as his sister and brother-in-law are currently serving in the National Guard and U.S. Army. This close connection to the military inspired Kyle to do more to help those who sacrifice the most.
The Foundation raises funds for military nonprofits so that they can expand on the important work they do for service members. Proceeds from the Military Ball will support the following three (3) military nonprofits: Service Women’s Action Network, National Military Family Association and Pets for Vets.
20th REUNION OF 2000 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS
On February 1st, the Devils played the Dallas Stars, the opponent that the 2000 Stanley Cup Championship team defeated in six games when Jason Arnott scored one of the most iconic goals in Devils history. The players, coaches and management will be honored pre-game where the ceremony will be highlighted by a special appearance by the Stanley Cup.
The special guests included: Jason Arnott, Brad Bombardir, Martin Brodeur, Steve Brule, Sergei Brylin, Vladimir Bure (fitness coach), Jacques Caron (goaltending coach), Bob Carpenter (assistant coach), Ken Daneyko, Patrik Elias, Scott Gomez, Bobby Holik, Steve Kelly, Lou Lamoriello (general manager), Claude Lemieux, John Madden, Randy McKay, Sergei Nemchinov, Scott Niedermayer, Krzysztof Oliwa, Larry Robinson (head coach), Scott Stevens, Petr Sykora and Colin White.
HISCHIER IN ST. LOUIS
Although the Metropolitan team finished without the win, Devils fans can be pleased by the performance by Nico Hischier in his first NHL All-Star appearance.
The Devils representative at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game scored two goals in Metro’s 9-5 loss to Atlantic. He also registered an assist.
His first goal tied the game at 2-2 at 3:38 of the opening period. It was an impressive solo effort from Hischier, who possessed the puck for a long time in the offensive zone before cutting to the net and scoring.
His second goal made it 5-4 for Metro at 2:50 into the second, as he finished off a nice pass from Philadelphia’s Travis Konecny out in front.
Hischier’s helper came on Seth Jones’ goal at 6:04 of the first. The Brig, SWI native tied Konecny for the Metro’s lead in points with three and led the team in goals with two.
*Mackenzie Blackwood – 1st NJD/NHL point (Feb. 6 @ PHI; 1A)
*Jesper Boqvist – 1st NHL/NJD goal (Nov. 26 vs. MIN)
*Will Butcher – 200th NHL/NJD GP (Jan. 11 @ WSH)
-5 PTS to 100 NJD/NHL
*Nikita Gusev – 1st NHL/NJD goal (Oct. 4 vs. WPG)
*John Hayden – 1st NJD point (1A; Nov. 23 vs. DET)
-1st NJD goal (Dec. 23 @ CHI)
*Nico Hischier – 100th NHL/NJD career points (Oct. 5 @ BUF; 1A)
-200th NJD/NHL (Feb. 20 vs. SJS)
*Jack Hughes – 1st NHL/NJD point (Oct. 17 vs. NYR; 1A)
-1st NHL/NJD goal (Oct. 19 vs. VAN)
*Nick Merkley – 1st NHL/NJD point (Feb. 14 @ CAR; 1A)
-1st NHL/NJD goal (Feb. 16 vs. CBJ)
*Dakota Mermis – 1st NHL/NJD point (Feb. 25 @ DET; 1A)
-1st NHL/NJD goal (Mar. 6 vs. STL)
*Kyle Palmieri – 500th NHL GP (Oct. 10 vs. EDM)
–100th NJD assist (Nov. 1 vs. PHI)
-300th NHL point (Oct. 30 vs. TB; 3G)
-50th NHL PPG (Oct. 30 vs. TB)
-150th NHL assists (Nov. 28 @ MTL)
*Cory Schneider – 300th NJD start (Feb. 27 @ SJS)
*Damon Severson – 400th NHL/NJD GP
*Ben Street – 1st NJD point (1A; Jan. 7 vs. NYI)
*P.K. Subban – 100th NHL goal (Nov. 2 @ CAR)
-700th NHL GP (Feb. 13 vs. DET)
*Miles Wood – 200th NHL/NJD GP (Oct. 4 vs. WPG)
*Pavel Zacha – 100th NHL/NJD point (Feb. 13 vs. DET; 2A)
*Travis Zajac – Passed John MacLean for fifth place in GP in NJD franchise history with 935 (Nov. 5 @ WPG)
-Tied Kirk Muller for third place on the Devils all-time points list (520) (Jan. 2 @ NYI; 1A)
-Passed Muller for third place on the Devils-all-time points list (522)(Jan. 9 @ NYR; 2A)
-1 G to tie Zach Parise four fourth place on the Devils all-time goals list
-Tied Scott Stevens for 5th place in Devils franchise history for assists (337)
Feb. 16: Traded Andy Greene to the New York Islanders in exchange for NYI 2021 NHL Draft second-round pick and David Quenneville
-Traded Blake Coleman to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Nolan Foote and VAN first-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft
Feb. 20: Recalled Cory Schneider and Dakota Mermis from Binghamton (AHL)
-Placed Louis Domingue on waivers (cleared waivers, to Binghamton (AHL))
Feb. 23: Signed Julian Melchiori to a NHL contract for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.
-Placed on Waivers
Feb. 24: Assigned Nick Merkley to Binghamton (AHL)
–Julian Melchiori cleared waivers, loaned to Binghamton (AHL)
-Traded Wayne Simmonds to Buffalo in exchange for Buffalo’s conditional fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.
-Loaned Joey Anderson, Dakota Mermis and Colton White to Binghamton (AHL)
-Recalled Joey Anderson and Dakota Mermis and Michael McLeod from Binghamton (AHL)
-Acquried Zane McIntyre from Vancouver in exchange for Louis Domingue.
-Traded Sami Vatanen to Carolina in exchange for Janne Kuokkanen, Fredrik Claesson and conditional fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
Feb. 25: Recalled Fredrik Claesson from Binghamton (AHL)
Feb. 27: Recalled Josh Jacobs from Binghamton (AHL)
Feb. 29: Recalled Jesper Boqvist from Binghamton (AHL)
Mar. 6: Assigned Jesper Boqvist and Josh Jacobs to Binghamton (AHL)
HOW THEY WERE BUILT
In the System:
Joey Anderson (2016, 3rd round, 73rd overall)
Mackenzie Blackwood (2015, 2nd round, 42nd overall)
Jesper Bratt (2016, 6th round, 162nd overall)
Nico Hischier (2017, 1st round, 1st overall)
Jack Hughes (2019, 1st round, 1st overall)
Michael McLeod (2016, 1st round, 12th overall)
Damon Severson (2012, 2nd round, 60th overall)
Miles Wood (2013, 4th round, 100th overall)
Pavel Zacha (2015, 1st round, 6th overall)
Travis Zajac (2004, 1st round, 20th overall)
Free Agency: Will Butcher, Kevin Rooney, Dakota Mermis
Trade: Connor Carrick, Fredrik Claesson, Nikita Gusev, John Hayden, Mirco Mueller, Kyle Palmieri, Cory Schneider, P.K. Subban